About The Center for Water Resources

About the Center

The Center for Water Resources was established in 1998. Its mission is to:

  • Protect, improve and conserve the quality and the quantity of Florida’s water resources;
  • Enhance sustainable water management practices;
  • Address the needs of stakeholders


The Center supports undergraduate and graduate teaching programs in soil and water sciences and provides research opportunities for experiential learning in natural resources program areas

The faculty in the Center conducts basic and applied research to address critical problems in the areas of water and air quality and sustainability of natural resources and the environment. It undertakes educational activities in cooperation with FAMU Cooperative Extension Program to serve stakeholder needs in water quality and quantity and watershed management. The Center faculty is also engaged in international activities related to water resources and water quality in the developing countries.


Program Areas/Projects
  • Wetlands
  • Biological Assessment of Water Quality
  • Alleviation of Water Quality Problems and Conservation/Best Management Practices
  • Watershed Mangement and Modeling
  • Nutrient Management, Rural Water Issues and Water Policy
  • Waterhshed Education and Outreach



Water Resources Analytical Laboratory
Wetland Ecology Laboratory
Aquatic Insect Laboratory


Center Faculty

Cassel Gardner, Professor, Ph.D. (University of Florida), Cooperative Extension, cassel.gardner@famu.edu

Yuch Hsieh, Professor, Ph.D. (Rutgers), yuch.Hsieh@famu.edu

Odemari Mbuya, Professor, Ph.D. (University of Florida), odemari.mbuya@famu.edu

Katherine Milla, Professor, Ph.D. (Florida State University), katherine.milla@famu.edu


Affiliated Faculty

Nathan Bailey, Assistant Professor, Ph.D. (Cornell University), nathaniel.bailey@famu.edu

Johnny M. Grace III, General Engineer with USDA Forest Service, PhD (North Carolina State University), jmgrace@fs.fed.us

Aavudai Anandhi Swamy, Assistant Professor, Ph.D (Indian Institute of Science), anandhi.swamy@famu.edu


Emeritus Faculty

Manuel Pescador, Professor, Ph.D. (Florida State University), Manuel.Pescador@famu.edu 


Research Associates

Glynnis Bugna, Ph.D. (Florida State University), Glynnis.Bugna@famu.edu

Christy Crandall, M.S. (Colorado State University), christy.crandall@famu.edu

Kimberly Davis, M.S. (FAMU), kimberly.davis@famu.edu

Amita Jain, Ph.D. (AMU, India), amita.jain@famu.edu

Lucy Ngatia, Ph.D. (University of Florida), lucy.ngatia@famu.edu

Andrew Rasmussen, Ph.D. (FAMU/UF), andrew.rasmussen@famu.edu


Office Manager

Abigail Lewis-Madison, abigail.madison@famu.edu



Dr. Odemari Mbuya

Director, Center for Water Resources
1740 Martin Luther King Blvd.
103 S. Perry-Paige Building
Tallahassee, FL 32307
Tele: 850 561-2302
Fax: 850 561-2966
Email: odemari.mbuya@famu.edu


Center Brochure



Center Newsletter

Sping 2011

Fall 2010

Fall 2009

Spring 2009